This is a spelling variation of Malia, which is essentially the Hawaiian form of Mary (meaning “bitter”). But there’s nothing to be bitter about when you’ve got a name this beautiful, right? Unless your mom gives you the wrong color sippy cup, that is.
Famous people named Maliah:
Octuplet born to "Octomom" Nadya Suleman, Maliah Angel Suleman; model Maliah Michele.
The traditional Hawaiian alphabet contains only 12 letters, and none of them are "R" or "Y" - so when Christian missionaries came bringing their traditional English names, Mary morphed into Malia ... and, now, Maliah too.